Archive for Tuesday, November 22, 2011

12 cited for underage drinking violations in Saturday night sting

November 22, 2011


Officers with the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Alcohol Beverage Control division, Lawrence police and Kansas University police cited 12 people for underage drinking violations Saturday as part of the latest Fake ID 101 operation.

Some of the 12 people were cited on more than one charge, as 11 were accused of being minors in possession of alcohol and five were accused of carrying a fake ID. Officers also ticketed one person for furnishing alcohol to a minor and one person for consumption of alcohol in public, according to the New Tradition Coalition, which targets reducing underage drinking.

ABC officers also cited two bars, The Wheel and Cadillac Ranch, with administrative citations alleging staff members allowed minors to possess alcohol inside the bars.


flyin_squirrel 6 years, 6 months ago

So KU has about 28,000 students, which most Freshman and Soph. are underage, and probably a quarter of the juniors are underage. So for arguments sake, lets say 50% of the student body is underage (14,000). And according to the alcohol101 study:

"Among college students under the age of 21, 82 percent report using alcohol within the past year and 69 percent report using alcohol within the last 30 days. "

So, lets just say only 25% of the under 21 students drank this Saturday (probably way low), that means of the 3500 underage students drinking on Saturday, ABC, KU police, and Lawrence Police caught 12! What a waste of time and money. Lower the drinking age!

DillonBarnes 6 years, 6 months ago

Who said the goal of the task force was to catch every single underage drinker?

somedude20 6 years, 6 months ago

Sting was in town? I very much like the Police but for the most part he can keep his crappy solo music to himself!

iron_outlaw 6 years, 6 months ago

You don't have to turn on your red light to get me to stop listening to anything past his police days.

iron_outlaw 6 years, 6 months ago

I help manage a business in town and am in charge of the hiring process including interviews. I once interviewed a guy who was the ID checker at the ranch. During his interview he told me that he was under instruction from the managers that as long as the person presents an ID they can enter no matter the age displayed on it. He said the money made off of the underage drinking was significant enough to not worry about the fines they may bring.

Lowell Holmes 6 years, 6 months ago

But is this the best way to stop the abuse? I believe our tax money can be better utilized than by busting a very small group of offenders.

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 6 months ago

Isn't a rite-of passage in Europe and other countries without 21yr drinking ages. Lower the drinking age, and get parents involved in teaching responsible drinking habits instead of forcing it underground.

MISTERTibbs 6 years, 6 months ago

Not to mention that it has been shown by study after study that binge drinking is worse in many European countries AND starts at an earlier age. The lower the drinking age folks really need to educate themselves.

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 6 months ago

A parent cannot drink with their child without the risk of going to jail. So how does a parent prepare them?

You are right, weak people will always abuse regardless of the legal age, just as domestic problems will continue to happen regardless of the drinking age, and drunk driving will continue to happen regardless of drinking age.

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago


Parents can't have sex with their kids either, or do drugs with them, etc.

That shouldn't stop them from helping their kids think well about those topics, and be prepared as adults to make good judgements.

One obvious way in which parents can help their kids is to be good role models - if children see their parents exercising good judgement, drinking moderately, that may affect them positively.

The other way is to talk about it with them, and provide them with good information about alcohol use and abuse, drinking and driving, etc.

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